Migration enhanced epitaxy has been applied to induce the change from two-dimensional growth to formation of self-assembling islands in the growth of CdSe on ZnSe. Transmission electron microscopy images from samples with a ZnSe caplayer show a transition from a flat quantum well to an interrupted layer with pronounced thickness fluctuations when the CdSe exceeds its critical thickness. These results are confirmed by high resolution x-ray diffraction measurements, as only for the former sample the 004 rocking curve can be simulated assuming a flat quantum well with abrupt interfaces. Compared to bulk CdSe, the photoluminescence peak is blueshifted by about 0.5 eV. PL excitation experiments indicate that the interrupted layer consists of CdSe islands embedded in Zn1-xCdxSe with a composition gradient. Atomic force microscopy images of uncapped samples show spherical islands with a height of 20 nm and a diameter-to-height ratio of 4:1.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Applied Physics Letters|
|State||Published - Sep 15 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)